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Monthly Archive for May, 2013

DNA Cousins

I recently heard from a friend who did some DNA testing on my recommendation. I told her it was one of the most interesting things that I had ever done.
I heard from her recently, and she started her message to me with, “I’ve been having such an amazing experience and I owe it all to [...]

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Today is Pentecost Monday which is celebrated as a public holiday in many countries in Europe. The actual ‘Pentecost’ is eight Sundays after Easter, or fifty days after Passover as calculated by the Jewish calendar.
Pentecost is the old Greek and Latin name for the Jewish ‘harvest festival’, or Festival of Weeks. Some other names referring [...]

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Pays Cathare

Aude is a department in south-central France named after the river Aude. It is also referred to as the Pays Cathare or ‘Cathar Country’ by the local tourist board. It is part of the region known as Provence, but further south and west than the tourist destination recognized by most Americans.
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Carcassonne, an incredible walled city that was inhabited as long ago as 2,500 years, is a place that I have wanted to visit for many years. I was not disappointed when I finally had the opportunity to stop there en route to another destination in the south of France.
Some early history: The first signs of [...]

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